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The nomad barter list

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I stumbled on a conversation, last night, in a forum for nomad workers. In case you missed it, cybernomadism or nomad working are the names usually given to those that have a location independent job or cybercommute while traveling around. I was a small-scale nomad worker in the first decade of the 21st century, when I moved between universities to peddle my post-grad and post-doc courses, while working via the web with various clients and colleagues. Anyway, last night’s discussion was on the following: what skills can you trade on the road? In other words, what knowledge would you be able to barter for food, lodging, services or what else. And so I did myself a little list, and I think it ...
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She knows the truth. She knows who did it. GHOST WRITER by Alison Bruce #mystery #thriller


TODAY'S REVOLVING BOOK is the mystery  GHOST WRITER  by Alison Bruce. AVAILABLE AT: amazon   ABOUT THE STORY: Jen Kirby has seen ghosts since she was a child, but she can’t talk to them or help them cross over. And, after a violent death in the family, she doesn’t want to see them anymore. In her role as ghostwriter, Jen joins a Canadian Arctic expedition to document and help solve a forty-year-old mystery involving an American submarine station lost during the Cold War. The trouble is, there are people—living and dead—who don't want the story told, and they’ll do anything to stop her. Now Jen is haunted by ghosts she can’t avoid or handle alone. That means confiding in the one man she doesn...
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It’s a Rainy Day. What do you Do?


Author Don Massenzio I have lived in Florida for 22 years now. I grew up in Upstate New York in the 2nd cloudiest city in the United States, Syracuse. When I moved to Florida, I thought it would be a tropical paradise with non-stop sunshine. After all, it is known as the Sunshine State. One difference I quickly observed between New York and Florida was how people spend their time during rainy days. In New York, the Malls and Movie theaters were crowded in rainy weather as people sought to escape the wetness by spending them doing leisure activities. When the weather was sunny, these destinations were deserted as people spent their time enjoying the rare summertime weather. In Florida, it was...
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Jonas


Received some good feedback on last week’s “Murder… or Mayhem?” The twist at the end apparently worked. Thanks to those of you who gave me your comments. This encouraged me to write another little story. ***** Stop Prejudice! Courtesy of Pixabay JONAS Jonas Lonewolf came up fighting. If the four small-town bullies who’d jumped his ass had known him, they would have been expecting it. As it was, they were high-fiving an imaginary victory and forgot him. Big mistake. He exploded off the ground and caught the biggest and meanest right in the balls, elbowed one in the ribs, hip-butted another, and broke the nose of the last one with a rattlesnake strike. Three were out of it; the fourth broke fo...
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How to Foreshadow Like Alfred Hitchcock


“If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off.” —Anton Chekhov This quote by Chekhov is the basis of foreshadowing. Foreshadowing is a literary device that allows you to plant clues, hint at what’s to come, build the tension, or even place a red herring in your reader’s path. You can use foreshadowing in a variety of ways. The resulting action can be immediate or delayed. You can use dialogue or narrative to set the scene, and you can foreshadow a symbolic event or an ethical dilemma. You can use direct or indirect foreshadowing, and it can even be true or false. Foreshadowing can feed the tension of a sce...
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Historical Fiction: why we like a good series

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The only series of books that I've written is the al-Andalus trilogy, set in 10th century Spain. The fact it has ended up as a trilogy doesn't mean I set out to write it that way. As all writers know, no matter how clear your plan of action is at the start, the novel takes on a life of its own and sometimes you end up in quite a different place. The first book was The Shining City and when it was finished I was happy and prepared to move on to something else, but then someone asked if I was going to follow on with a sequel. 'People like historical series,' they said. 'You'll sell more books if you write a sequel.' So I delved back into that period and found that forty years later, history ha...
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November Giveaway - Dead in a Park Paperback & Tote Bag


When Leah Norwood finds the body of Donald Collins in the city park, she doesn’t know he is a distant relative. Young Donnie was a jewel thief and a career criminal. Hidden in the lining of his suit jacket was an exact replica of a ring that has been in Leah’s family for over a hundred years. After her home is burglarized, the sexy chief of police is convinced the ruby ring has something to do with the murder. Leah wants to find out what happened to Donnie, but why would someone kill for a hundred year old ring? She discovers a connection between Donnie and the drug-dealing Cantono family, between the Cantono family and a jewelry appraiser, and between the jewelry appraiser and one of her ow...
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Tips for writing different scenes in your novel


This post is the eighteenth in a series about writing a novel. You can check out the list of past topics at the end of this post. As you write your novel, you will write many different scenes. They may be funny, serious, happy or terrifying. There is no way to tell you how to write each of these scenes because there are too many different factors to consider – writing style, genre, plot. But here are a few scenes that can happen in any story and some tips or things you may want to consider if you are including them in your novel. Low light/night scenes When writing a scene in the day time, it is easy to talk about the color of clothes or facial expression of a fellow character. Your main cha...
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MEET CAROL GRAHAM

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Carol Graham is one of my most favourite people on Facebook. She works tirelessly for other authors and her radio show is heard all over the world. It was one of the nicest radio interviews I’ve ever done, such a lovely friendly lady. Carol has not had an easy time of it but she’s a survivor. Carol Graham has survived the challenges of major illnesses, devastating personal losses and financial ruin more than once, yet has refused to become a victim. She writes for several monthly columns in various publications.  She has been published in many anthologies including a best-seller.  In 2015, Carol received the Woman of Impact Award from Focus on Women Magazine and Author of the Year for her me...
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#NewRelease #Announcement: #Winter #Wishes Of The #Heart By Ashley Uzzell!!


Blurb: Presenting four short stories to curl up with for the holidays. Whether it is a teen discovering love, a boy enjoying a winter tradition with his brother, or a young man finding a friend in his time of need, these stories will melt your heart and keep you warm and fuzzy despite the cold. Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36522437-winter-wishes-of-the-heart Books2read– https://www.books2read.com/u/bzaKwq Original link

What Problem Do You Solve?


  Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Do you solve one problem or several for your clientele?  Are you aware that hiring managers employ people not only to fill a spot but also to fill their need(s)? In your story, add value to hear your audience say, ‘Yes, we want you!’ Joanne Weiland, Chief Connections Officer Joanne’s Story Norman Vincent Peale is my original mentor, and he always told me: Find a need and fill it. In 2002, I created Commanding View, Inc. – your source for proven experts.  I worked with thousands of business owners nationally for 20 years. The secret held by the few that succeeded is they hired an expert(s) to quickly implement their ideas.  Facing Challenges I found that ...
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In War There Must Be Secrets


Just found this beautiful review for the audiobook edition of my WWW Spy Thriller,  Marriage before Death : Follow Kindle Customer49 11-23-17 Overall Performance Story . " In War There Must Be Secrets"   Using her signature lyrical/poetic style, Ms. Poznansky has once again created a world filled with sights and sounds, inner thoughts, and in this book, riveting action. It begins with an extremely touching portrayal of Lenny and his wife Natasha, a couple facing unspoken––and thus secret––difficult times that promise to grow much worse. The book then guides us back into the couple’s earlier history with an up-close look at the French resistance during WWII. A time when “moaning minies,” mort...
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Author Appearance Cancellation


Hi, everyone.  I have chosen to cancel my appearance at Clockwork Alchemy 2018.  I apologize for any inconvenience and/or disappointment that this may cause.  Thank you for understanding. Original link

AMARNA is ready to start

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So here we go – I am about to open the preorders for the first episode of AMARNA. The first episode will be delivered on the 1st of January 2018, but readers will be able to preorder a copy at a discounted price starting on the 10th of December. And starting on the 10 of December, I’ll be posting teasers, previews and special contents both here and on my Patreon page. This will include a cover reveal, because the official cover of the project is beautiful. For those of you that do not know what I am talking about, you can check a full-length preview of the project , or check out the condensed version below. To keep up to date subscribe to the AMARNA mailing list (no spam, promised). Opinions...
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I am refreshing


A reflection on ‘I am refreshing’. An extract from my collection of reflections on the I am affirmations. I am being made new again. This is a meaning that’s come to me from the world of computers. It seems every other day there’s an update to refresh the operating system or one of the programs on my computer. If I open the web browser, there’s a button to click for refreshing the webpage I’m viewing in case it’s changed since the last time I looked at it. Meditation is one way I use for refreshing my operating system. Reading is a way of updating my programs by refreshing my beliefs. If I do not engage in refreshing activities I remain the same. I go stale. Unless I refresh, I continue to o...
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She seeks the truth, while death stalks her. GHOST WRITER by Alison Bruce #thriller #mystery


TODAY'S REVOLVING BOOK is the mystery  GHOST WRITER  by Alison Bruce. AVAILABLE AT: amazon   ABOUT THE STORY: Jen Kirby has seen ghosts since she was a child, but she can’t talk to them or help them cross over. And, after a violent death in the family, she doesn’t want to see them anymore. In her role as ghostwriter, Jen joins a Canadian Arctic expedition to document and help solve a forty-year-old mystery involving an American submarine station lost during the Cold War. The trouble is, there are people—living and dead—who don't want the story told, and they’ll do anything to stop her. Now Jen is haunted by ghosts she can’t avoid or handle alone. That means confiding in the one man she doesn...
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Christmas Phobias

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Soon we will be celebrating Christmas. Our mundane routines taken over by the excitement of visits to and from our loved ones, preparing and consuming food, drinking, parties … Bring it on! But not quite yet – I like Christmas as much as the next person, but prefer to restrict it to the fortnight encompassing the 25th and New Year’s Eve. So, as it is not yet December, I feel entitled to spend a bit of time on the perils – for some – of the Christmas holidays. Pity the poor person who is expected to join in a round of parties but has cherophobia (fear of gaiety), or chorophobia (dancing). Maybe their fears are more entrenched and they have koinoniphobia (fear of a room full of people), and th...
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Quote of the Week – November 29


Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do. ~ Pope John XXIII Original link

Book Review: And The Wolf Shall Dwell by Joni Dee

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One of my recent author interviews was with novelist Joni Dee. Here is the book review I promised: And The Wolf Shall Dwell by Joni Dee My rating: 4 of 5 stars Great introduction to the plot when young John Daniel, a computer professional working in the City of London, is bowled over by an […] The post Book Review: And The Wolf Shall Dwell by Joni Dee appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link

FEATURED AUTHOR: EARL JAVORSKY


ABOUT THE BOOK Private investigator Charlie Miner, freshly revived from his own murder, gets a call from Homicide Detective Dave Putnam. Self-styled “psychic to the stars” Tamara Gale has given crucial information about three murders, and the brass thinks it makes the Department look bad. Dave wants Charlie to help figure out the angle, since he has first-hand experience with the inexplicable. Trouble is, Charlie, just weeks after his full-death experience, once again has severe cognitive problems and may get them both killed. Earl Javorsky’s Down To No Good is wildly original, wildly energetic, wildly funny – it’s just straight up wild, and I mean that in the best possible way.
 – Lou Berne...
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